HIIT Workouts (High Intensive Interval Training) is one of the biggest trending training principles out there. Made famous by The Bodycoach, and other fitness influencers, HIIT workouts are filling newsfeeds everywhere. But what are HIIT workouts? How and why do we benefit from it so much?
Let’s dive a little bit deeper for you so you understand why HIIT workouts will work for you.
They were originally a training concept used primarily by sports teams and athletes to recreate the situations with their respected sport. For a quick example, let’s take football.
A football match lasts 90+ minutes. However, this does not mean the players are working at the same effort level for the entire match. There are stoppages, a need to sprint 10 yards and plenty of light jogging. These events will be known as intervals. One interval can be a player working at maximum effort followed by another interval where the player is at standstill.
Plain and simple it is alternating short, intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. Short burst sprints, followed by slow jogs are a prime HIIT example.
Let’s get down to a bit of science!
During HIIT Workouts you will burn more calories than doing a steady state form or ‘aerobic’ training. Due to the short bursts of high intensity exercise, you will simply increase caloric expenditure which results in more calories burned.
Sounds good right? That’s more calories burned in half the time of aerobic exercise! But wait there… it gets even better.
Due to the increased intensity in exercise, you will even burn calories up to 2 hours post training! So that means when your back at work or home following the gym, you will still be burning calories! This is due to your body’s natural ability to return to homeostasis after exercise also known as Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption (EPOC).
Doing 20-30 minutes of HIIT Training will increase calorie expenditure more than doing 60 minutes of aerobic exercise. For those who say ‘they don’t have time to workout’ or ‘there aren’t enough hours in the day’, they are perfect for you.
HIIT Workouts do not have to be limited to a piece of cardio equipment. Oh no no no! Anything that you add an intense period of time and recovery period of time is classed as HIIT. Don’t get bored of bikes and treadmills and mix it up with battle ropes, TRXs & plyometrics!
Using variety in a workout will mean you’re more likely to stick to it!
Exercise Physiologist & Athletic Trainer Scott Weiss, C.S.C.S revealed that in a study ‘HIIT increases the flexibility and elasticity of arteries and veins better than continuous aerobic exercise’.
So now you know the benefits of HIIT Training, why not book in for a FREE consultation, and discover how we can incorporate HIIT workouts in your transformation programme.